Cacao is the raw, unadulterated version of cocoa – no sugar or powdered products added. It’s an incredible superfood in its natural state with sooo many benefits!

In indiginous cultures, cacao is believed to support the heart in a literal, metaphysical, and spiritual sense. Consuming cacao is known to reconnect us to the intuition of Mother Nature. It is a very grounding substance. Yes!

Cacao contains an incredible range of compounds that make it incredibly good for you, including:

  • Antioxidants- highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world
  • Magnesium- number one source, increases brain power, strong bowel movements, and muscle relaxation
  • Iron- one serving contains 314% the RDA of this oxygen-carrying protein
  • Chromium-balances blood sugar
  • Manganese- assists in oxygenation of blood
  • Zinc- immunity, sexual fluids, skin health
  • Copper- immunity
  • Vitamin C- immunity
  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids- healthy omega that helps balance overall intake
  • Phenylethylamine (PEA)- chemical naturally present when we fall in love
  • Anandamide- natural endorphin
  • Tryptophan- a powerful mood-enhancing nutrient
  • Serotonin- the primary neurotransmitter in the human body
  • Fiber- smooth and regular bowel movements
A real cacao plant I saw growing wild outdoors in Miami

Here are three basic snack recipes inspired by a few of my favorites from David Wolfe’s cookbook Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future.

Raw avocado mousse

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Serve with berries or nuts (or both!).

Notes

  1. Sweetener: You can substitute 1/4 cup of dates here for the maple syrup or agave for a richer, more creamy mousse.

Awesome Chocolate Shake

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Shake
Servings: 1

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and enjoy immediately.
  • Serves YOU.

Cacao Goji Trail Mix

Perfect to munch whenever you're hungry but have a long ways to go before your next meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Trail Mix
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix ingredients well in a large bowl.
  • Store in a glass jar or tightly sealed plastic storage bin.

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